Motorcycle Engine Capacity
For many new motorcyclists, getting their motorcycle license can be a dream come true. However, it is crucial that riders, especially beginners, carefully consider what type of motorcycle will best suit their use and experience level. It is more important than one may initially consider it to be to pay careful attention to the engine capacity of the motorcycle you choose to ride. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2018, 34% of motorcyclists killed in accidents rode bikes with engine sizes larger than 1,400cc, compared to only 9% in 2000 and under 1% in 1990. Among the bikes whose motorcyclists suffered fatalities, in 2018, approximately 93% of the touring bikes had engines larger than 1,400cc, while almost all super sport bikes had 1000cc engines or smaller.
Over the last seven years, there have been around 4,200 motorcyclist fatalities each year. In 2018, over half of all fatal accident victims on super sport bikes were under 30 years old. Inexperienced riders and riders who have not ridden a motorcycle recently, should choose motorcycles with engine capacities that match their level of expertise. While motorcyclists may not be able to prevent all dangerous situations, they can take a number of precautions to ensure that they have a safer riding experience. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s team of Buffalo, New York motorcycle accident injury attorneys sincerely cares about the safety and wellbeing of our clients and the residents of Buffalo, New York. Accordingly, we have dedicated this page to help inform motorcyclists in selecting the most appropriate motorcycle so that they remain crash and injury free.
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Understanding the various types of motorcycles is very important. You should always do your research and make sure that you choose the best option that suits your size, skill level and needs. There are nine basic types of motorcycles found on the road, including:
- Standard motorcycles;
- Sport bikes;
- Touring bikes;
- Sport touring bikes;
- Dual sport bikes,
- Mopeds; and
Both the design of a motorcycle and its engine capacity can drastically affect the bike’s purpose, safety and performance. Standard motorcycles, multipurpose bikes that support bikers riding in the upright position, are most commonly used by new riders. Beginners often prefer standard motorcycles because they are affordable, durable and have simple gears. Sport bikes are more popular with experienced riders, who may take pleasure in extremely fast acceleration and riding at high speeds. Cruisers, which are recognizable by their high handlebar position, are known for their forward riding position and low ground clearance.
According to the IIHS, some types of motorcycles were identified as having lower rates of fatal crashes. Motorcycles in this group include standard motorcycles, cruisers, scooters, touring motorcycles and sport-touring motorcycles. Motorcycles known for having higher fatal crash rates include sporting motorcycles and super sport bikes, despite being driven less often than the other types. Motorcyclists riding super sport bikes have a fatality rate that is nearly four times higher than bikers on standard motorcycles or cruisers. Experts believe this is primarily because of the acceleration, speed and greater engine capacities of super sport bikes.
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Motorcycle engines are measured in cubic centimeters (cc). The number of cubic centimeters measures how much fuel can move through the engine with each revolution of the pistons. For example, 500cc of fuel goes into the engine with each movement of the pistons in 500cc engines. Most legal street bikes have engines ranging from 250cc to more than 1,500cc. New and inexperienced motorcyclists should be especially careful when choosing a motorcycle based on its particular engine type and capacity. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcycles with over 1000cc engines typically have a much higher rate of deadly accidents. In fact, the fatality rate for bikers riding motorcycles with more than 1000cc engines have been climbing twice as fast as those riding motorcycles with smaller engine capacities.
Research conducted by the NHTSA also demonstrates that larger engine capacity motorcycles are becoming increasingly popular among riders. This increasing popularity persists in spite of recommendations that inexperienced motorcyclists avoid riding or purchasing motorcycles with such powerful engines until they become more experienced.
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While there is no way to completely eliminate every danger associated with riding a motorcycle, choosing the appropriate motorcycle and engine capacity can certainly help lower your risk of injuries. Before deciding on a brand, color or other similar details, you should decide on the purpose of your bike—whether the motorcycle is for commuting, joyriding on the open road, off-roading or multipurpose. How you choose to use the motorcycle may help you determine which motorcycle would best suit your needs.
The most common beginner mistake in motorcycling is buying too much motorcycle. While it may be tempting to purchase a bigger, more powerful bike with a larger engine capacity, riders should increase their skill levels by starting out with a smaller bike. For those new to riding who are looking for advice, Beginner Riders provides an extensive list outlining the best motorcycles for beginners. Motorcycles with a 600cc engine capacity are generally considered a good starting point. Nevertheless, because of the weight difference, 600cc cruisers may have much less horsepower than 600cc sport bikes. Most motorcycle companies manufacture multiple engine capacities for each type of bike. Although 600cc is a good starting point for consideration, you should determine what you are capable of handling. Before purchasing a motorcycle, do not be afraid to ask the seller lots of questions and take it for a test drive.
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Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!